Daily News - Tuesday 20 May 2014

Posted 20 May 2014 7:35am

NATSEM research shows low-income couples with children to bear brunt of Abbott Government's budget
Emma Griffiths, ABC

Low-income couples with children and single parents will bear the brunt of the Abbott Government's first budget, losing up to 15 per cent of their disposable income when the measures hit in full, according to independent modelling.

... NATSEM principal research fellow Ben Phillips has studied the effects of the budget and says it is "not fair at all".

"We'd estimate around 1.2 million families that would be on average around $3,000 a year worse off by 2017-18, whereas the top income groups - so the top 20 per cent of households - would have either no impact or a very small positive impact," he told PM.


The formula to really end the age of entitlement
John Hirst, The Age

Bill Shorten declared that the worst part of the budget is the change to welfare for the young unemployed. The government, he said, was heartless and the cutbacks to welfare would produce an underclass. He is wrong on both counts.

There is already an underclass in Australia and far from being heartless, the government is going to continue to support it in the same way as before.

... If you contrive to leave school without skills and sleep on a mate's couch, all will be well. The drug addicts will experience no interruption to their benefits while they maintain their habit. If they produce children, their benefits will increase.


War on kids: budget just latest attack on younger Australians
Bernard Keane, Crikey

The federal budget measures targeting young people are just part of a much wider policy attack on younger Australians.


Dole rules flawed by lack of jobs
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

New rules that refuse the dole to people under 30 are flawed ­because there are not enough jobs for unemployed people, the ­Abbott government has been warned.

Sally Sinclair, chief executive of the National Employment Services Association, which represents for-profit and non-profit providers, said there were about 10 jobseekers for every suitable job on offer.


Poor trading conditions impacting on investment and jobs
ACCI, Small Business Survey May 2014

Small business employment continued to track downwards further into contractionary territory during the March quarter, with the Employment index declining from 44.8 to 44.1.


A budget to end extended adolescence
Rob Burgess, Business Spectator

The grown-ups may be in charge in Canberra, but in this week’s budget they are sending mixed signals to young Australians about how grown-up the nation wants them to be.

The radical overhaul of welfare and education policy asks members of Generation Y to stand on their own two feet as adults, but also risks ushering them into prolonged periods of dependency.


Backing for under-30s dole ban
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews says 47 per cent of young people who go on the dole are on the benefit for longer than six months.

Government sources said the policy to deny for six months the dole to people under 30 was the most popular budget change among constituents, particularly older Australians.


How to deal with employability anxiety
Libby Page, The Guardian

It's a feeling that starts as a knot in your stomach and and rises through your body, stopping in a lump at the back of your throat. Worry – from everyday anxieties to full blown panic – is a feeling we all experience about a full range of problems.

But for students there's one anxiety that comes back again and again: will I find a job when I graduate?



We need a voice for people with disabilities
Graeme Innes, Brisbane Times

Dear Adam Creighton,

I have seen you on the ABC's The Drum. I know you are economics correspondent for The Australian, have worked for the Reserve Bank and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority.

I am writing to you about your comments on Thursday, after we learnt the government no longer intends to renew the position of Disability Discrimination Commissioner with the Human Rights Commission. You said: "Lots of people are discriminated against. Why don't we have a gay rights commissioner, or a left-handed commissioner, or a short persons commissioner, or a commissioner for people who aren't good-looking."


Back to prison
Ann Arnold, Background Briefing, ABC

More than half the people in prison will re-offend and return, creating a huge cost burden on the public purse. But governments driven by law and order politics are unwilling to invest in reducing recidivism and in NSW a respected service that’s worked with prisoners on release for 50 years is being dropped. Ann Arnold investigates.


Why is the NSW prison population growing?
Don Weatherburn, Wai-Yin Wan and Simon Corben, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (via APO)

The rapid growth in the NSW prison population is a matter of significant concern. Prison is a very expensive form of crime control. The marginal cost of each additional prisoner over the period from September 2013 to the present was approximately $119 per day.


Budget cuts force Australian Youth Affairs group to close
Judith Ireland, The Age

The national peak body for youth affairs will close its office doors at the end of June after its funding was stripped in the federal budget, with the Coalition government arguing a single body is not ''necessary'' to hear to views of young Australians.

The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition has relied on $1.6 million of federal funding over the past four years, which was not renewed in last week's budget.


Twitter mood tool gauges post-Budget feelings
Josh Taylor, ZDNet

Australians were significantly more emotional after Tuesday's Budget announcements, according to a new research tool released by the CSIRO, in conjunction with the Black Dog Institute and Amazon Web Services.

... The project's lead researcher Helen Christensen said that the ultimate goal of the We Feel tool is to help provide mental health organisations with the ability to intervene when people may be at risk of suicide, or self harm.


4 Social media secrets you can learn from Elon Musk
Ann Charles, Fast Company

CEOs would be well-served to remember that many of the world’s greatest leaders were highly skilled communicators--from Winston Churchill to John F. Kennedy to Steve Jobs.

When CEOs express opinions on issues they care about, it makes them more accessible as human beings. Having the courage to reveal personal values and take political positions builds trust, and strengthens the leadership of the individual as well as the brand.


Collaboration – delivering a public economy
Peter Shergold, Third Sector

As Australia has emerged as a modern welfare state, the role of community organisations has been transformed. Government programs now provide much of the financial support and many of the community services that not-for-profits (NFPs) previously delivered. The third sector has been made over.

... The bad news is that public funding comes with strings attached. Government contracts often give rise to complex purchasing and reporting arrangements, typically set out in bureaucratic legalese. Organisations, which have a proud history of community-based engagement and advocacy, now find themselves treated by public service agencies as little more than ‘service providers’. Many NFPs have become significantly dependent on government payments. Some have come to define their success in terms of their ability to access government funding. Their independence has been compromised by reliance on government.


Explainer: can the Senate block the budget?
Adam Webster, The Conversation

In the days since the Abbott government released its first budget, the Labor Party, the Greens and the Palmer United Party have all said they will block parts of it in the Senate.

Threats to block the budget bring back memories of 1975 when the opposition, led by Malcolm Fraser, used its numbers in the Senate to stall the passage of the appropriation bills (sometimes referred to as “supply”). This ultimately led to the then governor-general, Sir John Kerr, taking the extraordinary step of dismissing the Whitlam government.

But would blocking aspects of the Abbott government’s budget bring about a similar constitutional crisis, the likes of which we have not seen since 1975?


Don’t dismiss the double dissolution theatrics
Laura Tingle, Australian Financial Review

Conventional wisdom, as the Coalition’s poll position has deteriorated, has been that Tony Abbott would have to have rocks in his head to contemplate a double dissolution election in the wake of the rise of the minor parties and Clive Palmer.

But senior government figures believe Abbott’s DD threats are completely serious.


Double dissolution speculation misguided
Antony Green, The Drum, ABC

The key point to make is that a double dissolution of the House and the whole Senate, followed by an election and possibly a joint sitting, is a significant constitutional event, not some euphemism for an early election.


Archive 1993 - 'Moral accord' call for jobless
The Canberra Times

The Federal Government has been urged to ensure its proposals for reducing unemployment do not demean people's dignity.

The Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission's national director, Father David Cappo, urged the Government yesterday to test its proposals against a set of ethical principles the commission prepared recently under the titled A Moral Accord.

... Fr Cappo suggested the understanding of citizenship be broad ened to include the social right to a basic minimum income, and criticised some language used to describe the jobless, saying it di minished their dignity and influenced community attitudes towards them.

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